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Virginia State Mammal

The Virginia big-eared bat is Virginia’s official state bat. The only other states represented by bats are Oklahoma and Texas.

Virginia also has an official dog, the Virginia foxhound.

Virginia State Mammal

In 2023, the world famous Chincoteague ponies were designated Virginia’s official state pony. The ponies have lived on Assateague Island for hundreds of years. They are believed to be descended from horses that survived a shipwrecked Spanish galleon.

Today, the island is home to two herds, a Maryland herd and a Virginia herd. The size of the Virginia herd is controlled with a pony auction on the last Thursday in July. Thousands of spectators come to watch the ponies herded from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

The ponies were immortalized in the children’s novel Misty of Chincoteague.

Chincoteague ponies
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